T. E. Utley

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Thomas Edwin 'Peter' Utley CBE (1 February 1921 – 21 June 1988) was a British High Tory journalist and writer.

Blind since childhood, the adopted son of Miss Anne Utley,[1] Utley read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first. During the Second World War he was a Times leader writer and then worked for The Observer and The Sunday Times. In the early 1950s, he was Assistant Editor of The Spectator and then for twenty years, he was a leader writer for The Daily Telegraph, then columnist and Chief Assistant Editor. In 1987, he moved to The Times, working as the Obituary Editor and as a columnist.

In the general election of February 1974, Utley had stood unsuccessfully as the Ulster Unionist candidate for North Antrim, gaining a 21.01% of the share of the vote, but lost to Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionists.[2]

Margaret Thatcher referred to him as "the most distinguished Tory thinker of our time".[3] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980. Utley married Brigid Viola Mary (1927-2012), daughter of Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah, a journalist, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Arundel Herald Extraordinary at the College of Arms.[4][5][6] They had two sons and two daughters. One son, Tom, is a columnist for the Daily Mail.


  • Essays in Conservatism (1949).
  • Modern Political Thought (1952).
  • The Conservatives and the Critics (1956).
  • Documents of Modern Political Thought (Joint editor, 1957).
  • Not Guilty: The Conservative Reply (1957).
  • Edmund Burke (1957).
  • Occasion for Ombudsmen (1963).
  • Your Money and Your Life (1964).
  • Enoch Powell: The Man and his Thinking (1968).
  • What Laws May Cure (1968).
  • Ulster - A Short Background Analysis (1972).
  • Lessons of Ulster (first edition: 1975, second edition: 1997).
  • Charles Moore and Simon Heffer (editors), A Tory Seer: The Selected Journalism of T. E. Utley (1989).


  1. ^ Who was Who: A Companion to Who's Who, A. & C. Black, 1981, pg 773
  2. ^ "Thomas Utley". ElectionsIreland.org. Christopher Took and Seán Donnelly. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. ^ Gimson, Andrew (20 June 2008). "Margaret Thatcher presents Utley Awards". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9722061/Brigid-Utley.html
  5. ^ http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/31466
  6. ^ Who was Who: A Companion to Who's Who, A. & C. Black, 1981, pg 773

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